From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to the Grammy Awards in Hollywood, country music has come a long way in the last decades to become today’s multimillion-dollar industry. But when Tom (no T. at the time) Hall hit the streets of Nashville in the mid-1960s, country music was a local bar scene and being a Grand Ole Opry performer was “making it.” Minnie Pearl was the epitome of Country and Olivia New-John was unknown and as far away from Country as an Australian could be. “Picking” was Country and all a picker needed was a good tune. Tom Hall meant to write those tunes.
In his easy anecdotal style Tom T. details his entree into the local music scene – frequenting bars such as Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, the Nine-O-One, and the Black Poodle – waiting for “stars” to come in, drink, and informally perform. In such beer-smoothed moments he befriended the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Newman, Johnny Rodriguez (who some might say was “discovered” by Tom T.) Dave Dudley and Tex Ritter.
But being the composer of over 500 songs, Tom T.’s stories can’t help but be ones behind-the-hits: how one man’s complaining about alimony led to his wonderful creation “Back Pocket Money” … about the time Margie Singleton asked Tom T. to write a song that resulted in “Harper Valley PTA” and then there was the time Tom T. was nominated for five CMA awards, got all bedecked in a rented tuxedo and did not win a single category…and then…
A Storyteller’s memoir interweaving the stories of Tom T. Hall and Nashville during the last decade. A city and music world which helped inspire Tom’s “Love Is,” “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died,” and the award-winning albums, In Search Of A Song and The Songs Of Fox Hollow. As only an insider can, Tom T. Hall describes Nashville’s growing pains which produced country music as it is known in the world today.